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Resources for Population Assessments

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B-1 Population Assessment: Popluation & Density

To find the Population for your community:

For Census Tract data, use the American FactFinder (http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml)

  1. On the main American FactFinder page, look in the middle of the page for Address Search: Find Census data by entering a street address.
  2. In the popup window that appears, enter a street address from your community and click GO.
  3. From the list of results, select the "Census Tract" item
  4. Use the menus on the left ("Topics," "Race and Ethnic Groups," etc.) to access data about your Census Tract.

For City, County and State information, go to the U.S. Census Bureau's Website and go to  "Quick Facts" http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

  1. Use the pull-down menu to select Kansas OR Missouri
  2. You will now see a table of data for Kansas OR Missouri
  3. To view the same data for your city or county, go to the top of the page and use the pull-down menus given to select a city or county in Kansas or Missouri.

To find the Population Density (usually given as number of persons per square mile of land area) for your community:

For City, County and State information, go to the U.S. Census Bureau's Website (http://www.census.gov/) and look for "Quick Facts" on the left-hand side of the screen.

  1. Use the pull-down menu to select Kansas as OR Missouri
  2. You will now see a table of data for Kansas OR Missouri.  Scroll down to the "Geography Quick Facts" at the bottom of the page to see "Persons per Square Mile."
  3. To view the same data for your city or county, go to the top of the page and use the pull-down menu given to select a city or county in Kansas OR Missouri

While you may not find the population density of your Census Tract, you may be able to find data on your Community in other places:

B-1 Population Assessment: Changes

To find information on the Population Changes in your community over the past 10 years, you will need to compare data from the 2000 Census to data from the 2010 Census.

Kansas http://www.ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/population/ 
Missouri https://oa.mo.gov/budget-planning/demographic-information/2010-census-data

B-3 Race and Gender Distribution

Most of your data on population, including Race and Gender Distribution, should come from the United States Government's 2010 Census of Population and Housing. You have several options for accessing this data, including:

For Census Tract data, use the American FactFinder (http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml)

  1. On the main American FactFinder page, look in the middle of the page for Address Search: Find Census data by entering a street address.
  2. In the popup window that appears, enter a street address from your community and click GO.
  3. From the list of results, select the "Census Tract" item
  4. Use the menus on the left ("Topics," "Race and Ethnic Groups," etc.) to access data about your Census Tract.

For City, County and State information, go to the U.S. Census Bureau's Website (http://www.census.gov/) and look for "Quick Facts" on the left-hand side of the screen.

  1. Use the pull-down menu to select your state.
  2. You will now see a table of data for your state. 
  3. To view the same data for your city or county, go to the top of the page and use the pull-down menus given to select a city or county in KS or MO.